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In Feb’18 the trust launched a special project: Victor Rehabilitation and gave it a big thrust. Corporate sponsorships were sought and a few organizations & individuals too pitched in help. The ban on plastic bags in Mumbai also came as a blessing. During our interaction with cancer victors we found that quite a few were interested in stitching and were willing to come to the centre twice or thrice a week to learn and work. Bags became made in dozens in a day and found immediate takers. The success of this program encouraged us to open a dedicated Rehabilitation space for these cancer victors & patients.
The inauguration of the new Vasantha Memorial Centre and the adjoining Victors Rehab Centre in the same premises took place on 15th June 2019. The Trust is grateful to Mrs Vasuki Jagadeesan and late Shri Jagadeesan who provided the initial funds and also to Gateway Distriparks Ltd who helped the Rehab Project to take shape.
It is a well lit and ventilated space that houses 12 sewing machines comfortably. In addition, there is usable loft area & ample storage space for the products. It has easy access from railway stations and bus routes.
The wheels at the Rehab centre is constantly on the move and gaining speed rapidly!
It operates from Monday to Friday. Cancer victors spend 6 hours / day and compensation is Rs. 300/-. An additional incentive is given according to the number of products they make that day. Few more benefits reach them as the weekly ration of atta & dal for their families and gift hampers at festivals. The visiting donors also boost their morale !
A number of products are made here which include bags, pouches, cushion covers, kurtis, , handmade jewellery and more but the bulk are the bags which are made in variety of designs , sizes and material. At times customized bags are also made for specific groups and individuals, for example wedding gift bags, Navratri git bags etc. For Diwali painted diyas are made and packed in sets of four.
These products are on the display both at the office and the Rehab centre round the year and interested parties come and fetch them. In addition, they are displayed at stalls at various exhibitions, events and even in housing societies. These products are enthusiastically bought at all locations and orders are given for more!
In the pandemic, the need of the hour was masks. With the support of our volunteers and the cancer victors we were able to stitch masks in bulk and distribute it in various hospitals & communities. 2600 plus masks were made by these proud cancer victors. 13000 products have been made in the last two and a half years in this centre. 4500 diyas made by these cancer victors were lit & adorned in homes in Diwali in the last three years.